Publishing of ARTIBUS ET HISTORIAE
By the decision of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education (MNiSW) of 12 February 2015, the IRSA Foundation received a subsidy of PLN 195,600 to co-finance the publication of the ARTIBUS ET HISTORIAE magazine. PLN 70,600 was allocated for 2016. The MNiSW subsidy was fully settled on June 26, 2017. The project was carried out in accordance with the contract, schedule and cost estimate.
In 2016, the IRSA Foundation published two issues of the ARTIBUS ET HISTORIAE journal:
- 73, XXXVII, appeared on June 30th, 2016
- 74, XXXVII, was issued on December 12th, 2016
- January 2016
the Żygulski Library
The IRSA Foundation founded the Żygulski Library, named after prof. Dr. Zdzisław Żygulski, Jr. The library is a professional book collection inherited by Dr. Józef Grabski from prof. Dr. Zdzisław Żygulski, Jr. The IRSA Foundation received it as a loan from Dr. Józef Grabski.
- April 27th, 2016
Appointment as council of the National Museum in Krakow
The President of the IRSA Foundation, Dr. Józef Grabski, was appointed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, prof. Dr. hab. Piotr Gliński, as a member of the Advisory Committee at the National Museum in Krakow for 2016-2020.
- June 13th, 2016
Public Benefit Organization
By the decision of the District Court of Kraków-Śródmieście, the IRSA Foundation was granted the status of a Public Benefit Organization. The IRSA Foundation from now on has the possibility of running a business, with the goal to spend earnings entirely on statutory purposes, as well as raising funds for its operations from tax deductions.
- Paid statutory activity: “Supporting the issuance of the ARTIBUS ET HISTORIAE journal”
- Unpaid statutory activity: “Promotion of young artists in Poland and abroad, organization of research and scientific work in the field of art history and publishing these results with IRSA Publishing House”
- June 2016
“Art in the Time of El Greco” publications
Materials from a conference previously attended by members of the IRSA Foundation – “Art in the time of El Greco” – were published as “Art in the Time of El Greco”, edited by A. Witko. It includes an article by the president of the IRSA Foundation, Dr. Józef Grabski “The Iconography of St. Francis in the Work of El Greco and His Workshop: Typology, Variants, Derivatives “.
- September 16th-20th 2016
Visit in Beijing, China
- Members of the IRSA Foundation participated in the CIHA Art History Congress in Beijing, China.
- Visit of the Great Wall of China with General Director Han Guo Wei and Director of the Jinshanling section of the Great Wall of China Guo Zhongxing. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the possibilities of open air painting sessions by Polish artists on the territory of the Great Wall.
- Meeting with Li Guang Ming, Director of the Sunshine Museum in Beijing
- Meeting in Shanghai with Wong Shun Kit, Director of the Himalayas Art Museum
- October 6th-9th 2016
International conference “Kazimir Malevich. Kyiv Aspect”
Participation of members of the IRSA Foundation, authors of the IRSA publishing house and supporters of the Foundation in the international conference “Kazimir Malevich. Kyiv Aspect”, organized in Kiev by the Malevich Institute and the Kyiv-Mohyla Business School. During the conference, the IRSA Foundation presented publications of IRSA Publishing House, including ARTIBUS ET HISTORIAE as well as the recent book by A. Nakov “Kandinsky, the Enigma of the First Abstract Painting” (2015).
- October 10th 2016
Scythian antiquities project in collaboration with the PLATAR Foundation
Signing of a preliminary agreement in Kiev between the IRSA foundation, by Dr. Józef Grabski and the PLATAR Foundation, by the founder, Sergey Taruta. The agreement concerns assistance in the scientific elaboration of the Scythian antiquities’ collection. The IRSA Foundation has contacts with scientists who can competently deliver a scientific description of these objects. The agreement includes publishing a catalog of the collection. One of the main benefits of this project is to make the entire Scythian collection of the PLATAR Foundation available to the general public.
- October 11th, 2016
Ukraine’s Italian Art exposition in Italy Project – Kiev meeting
Meeting with Wierą Winogradowa, director of the National Art Museum, Bohdan and Barbara Chanenko in Kiev, and the curator of the museum, Olena Żiwkowa. Talks about organizing an exhibition of Italian art from the collections of museums of Ukraine in Florence and Rome.
- October 12th, 2016
Italian Ukraine’s Italian Art exposition in Italy Project – Odessa meeting
Meeting in Odessa with Igor Poronik, the director of the Odessa Museum of Western and Eastern Art. Talks concerning the organization of an exhibition of Italian art from the collections of museums of Ukraine in Florence and Rome.
- October 13th, 2016
Polish Artists on the Great Wall of China
Signing the contract with the president of the Polish Watercolour Society, inż. Ryszard Rogala, the co-organizer of the open air watercolour event at the Great Wall of China in June 2017.
- October 17th, 2016
Dr. Józef Grabski in Supervision Board of the National Art Gallery in Lviv, Ukraine
The President of the IRSA Foundation, Dr. Józef Grabski, appointed a member of the Supervisory Board of the National Art Gallery in Lviv.
- October 27th, 2016
Johann Georg Pinsel in Vienna, Austria
Opening of the exhibition “Himmlisch. Der Barockbildhauer Johann Georg Pinsel “at the Winterpalast, Museum Belvedere, Vienna.
- October 27th, 2016
IRSA Foundation and Vienna Belvedere Museum
Meeting with the director of the Museum Belvedere, Dr. Agnes Husslein dell’Arco, regarding the future cooperation with the IRSA Foundation.
Conservation of El Greco’s “Ecstasy of St. Francis”
The members of the IRSA Foundation were on the Advisory Committee and took an active part in consultations on the conservation of El Greco’s work “Ecstasy of St. Francis” from the Diocesan Museum in Siedlce. The conservation of El Greco’s painting was carried out in the conservation laboratory of the National Museum in Krakow in the Krakow The Cloth Hall.
- November 23th, 2016
Rescue mission regarding the theft of Caravaggio’s “Taking of Christ”
Intervention of the IRSA Foundation in the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine and the General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine regarding the rescue of the image Caravaggio “The Taking of Christ” from the Odessa Museum of Western and Eastern Art, damaged during the theft of the museum.
The IRSA Foundation watches over the fate of the painting, which is a candidate for the participation in the exhibition of Italian art from museums in Ukraine, co-organized by the IRSA Foundation in Rome and Florence.
- November 25th, 2016
Press Conference and lecture about El Greco’s “Ecstasy of St. Francis”
Press conference and presentation of El Greco’s painting “Ecstasy of St. Francis “in the Cloth Hall, during which the President of the IRSA Foundation, Dr. Józef Grabski, delivered the lecture “Iconography of St. Francis in the work of El Greco.” This lecture met with wide interest of the audience, which came to the Sukiennice building.
- November 2016
Publishing “The Significance of Shape and Color” by Dr. Józef Grabski
IRSA published the book authored by the President of the IRSA Foundation entitled “The Significance of Shape and Color. Essays on Art, Mostly of the Italian Renaissance. ”
- December 2nd, 2016
Funding the Marian Sokołowski Award
The IRSA Foundation funded the Marian Sokołowski Special Award (PLN 1500) for the best master’s dissertation in 2016 among university students in Krakow. The Award was presented in the Institute of Art History at the Jagiellonian University to Tanita Ciesielska, the author of thesis entitled “Alabaster reliefs of Jan Michałowicz from the collection of the Czartoryski Museum”.
- December 5th, 2016
Special Surprise Edition of ARTIBUS ET HISTORIAE dedicated to prof. Paul Joannides
IRSA issued a special edition of ARTIBUS ET HISTORIAE dedicated to our longtime author prof. Paul Joannides and presented it during his ceremony of retirement from Cambridge University.